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Hannu Rajaniemi’s new novel, DARKOME, will be published by Gollancz on September 5 2024. Since SUMMERLAND, Hannu has also been building HelixNano, a biotech startup augmenting the immune system’s power to fight disease with mRNA. At the start of the pandemic, he and his team refocused the company’s efforts on COVID. Now they have launched a clinical trial for a next-generation COVID vaccine in designed to generate strong responses in immunosuppressed individuals. ( HelixNano is also developing novel cancer vaccines, and has raised ~$70M USD from some of the world’s top investors including Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI.

Hannu was already thinking about biology in the context of science fiction as well, but the pandemic experience transformed his thinking, both in his writing, and in what HelixNano is developing. The unique result was DARKOME, a near-future biotech thriller where a young woman discovers how to hack her own — and everyone’s — biology. But such power comes at a cost, and there are those who will stop at nothing to possess her secret.


Hannu has also written an origin story for the book, which you can read on X ( or here:

• May 16th, 2024 • Posted in News


Maggie Sekella


US author Maggie Sekella has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


Her debut novel Duodenary is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as an adult, fantasy, sapphic romantic murder mystery. It’s a standalone novel set in a fantastical world of the author’s own making, though it follows the broad strokes of the original play, with themes including corrupt monarchy, were-creatures, metaphorical discussion of human nature, and a realistic depiction of horror and mystery within a medieval fantasy setting…


Evelyn, Hound of the Holy Crown, knows how to handle dangerous criminals, it’s her profession after all… Or rather, it used to be. A year after the investigator’s dishonourable discharge from the King’s ranks, she finds reason to believe her twin brother and incorrigible bard, Bastian, has gone missing, his last known whereabouts being the near-forgotten island of Illyria. What’s even worse, rumours of a murderer stalking that very island have reached Evie’s keen ears, and knowing her brother, he’s most likely involved. After a shipwreck nearly takes her life, the investigator finally finds herself upon Illyrian soil, having been pulled from the waves by a mysterious saviour. And so, the Hound’s hunt begins.


She meets…


Morgan, she is the tiny town’s esteemed Jarl, sole bartender and innkeeper, and she knows the lower streets of Illyria like the back of her hand. So when her people begin turning up dead, disembowelled, pieces stolen off their corpses, her top priority becomes finding the bastard responsible. Luckily for her, a professional investigator has just washed up on her shore, ready to sacrifice anything to bring their killer to justice, and find her brother alive.




Lady Octavia Love, heir to the Love family, who has recently claimed her title as duchess of Illyria. Her brother, the former Duke Love, was found slain, assumed to be the murderer’s first victim on Illyrian soil. The lady has since locked herself within her estate, stating that she is in a period of mourning, and all outside visitors are forbidden from entering the property… including local authorities that wish to investigate her brother’s death.


The three protagonists’ lives become intertwined, in more ways than one.


Maggie says: “Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night has been an important piece to me for quite a while, since I was fourteen, and cast as Sebastian in a school play. I found the story charming, the characters hilarious, but the conflict resolution… Something about that stood out to me, noticeable and niggling as a hangnail. A lecture by Shanta Lee Gander, the author of Black Metamorphoses, about the importance of reimaging older works, initially planted the seeds for this project in my subconscious. It’s not simply about pointing out that centuries-old works may in fact promote centuries-old ideals, but recognizing the purpose of the original, what made it important, what made it worth reading, watching, etc. and then helping it transition into a new age of new people with new ideals, and less secretive identities. This reimagining is for you, for us, anyone who has  felt it is safer to keep your identity hidden from the world. We all deserve better than secrets and silence.”


John Jarrold said: “I’ve loved Shakespeare even longer than I’ve loved fantasy and SF.  When I read this I was immediately entranced by the way Maggie used the original play and story brilliantly, while creating something new.  The characters sing, the tale is wonderful and the events drew me in throughout. Romance, horror and mysteries suffuse the novel.”



Maggie is a New England-born author with one book, an anthology of short stories titled Eros Thanatos –  an Anthology of Love and Loss, that she self-published through Kindle Direct in her  senior year in high school, 2022. She has also won two Young Writers awards as well as a silver key for fiction from Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Her website is at:


• April 8th, 2024 • Posted in News



Author Dani Raanan has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Her debut adult fantasy novel is THE CRAFTER’S WIFE, which will appeal to fans of SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik and THE SNOW SONG by Sally Gardner. It is inspired by the rich mythology of her Jewish culture.

24-year-old Shosha is married off by her witch-hunter father and a magic-fearing king to a man she knows by reputation only: the mysterious, arrogant Crafter. Long suspected of conducting illicit magical arts, the Crafter has many secrets the king wishes to employ. Shosha is tasked with uncovering these secrets, for she has a talent of her own: the ability to ‘sense’ magic – its flavour, its scent, its essence. If she fails, her family will surely face the block – but her success will come at the cost of her husband, whose head will hang from the palace gates. She and the Crafter begin a life of deception, a game of cat-and-mouse, each fighting for survival at the expense of the other and – against their wills – gradually getting to know each other. All the while watched by the Crafter’s animated collection of humanoids: his living, breathing army of golems.
THE CRAFTER’S WIFE is a standalone manuscript that encompasses the author’s love of science with her fascination with magic and Jewish mythology – primarily, with golems. Dani works as an editorial assistant for a science journal and lives under the tyrannical rule of a large cat in Leeds with her husband and two children.

John Jarrold said: “The wit, imagination and wonderful characters drew me in immediately, as did the truly outstanding feel for setting. There’s peril, romance and dark dealings. And the use of magic fascinates me. Welcome, Dani!”


• January 26th, 2024 • Posted in News


Don D’Auria of Flame Tree Press has acquired World English rights in THE INCUBATIONS, the new novel by doyen of horror writers, Ramsey Campbell. The book will be published in 2024. The agent was John Jarrold.

The English town of Settlesham was twinned with Alphafen in Germany after the Second World War. Leo Parker has corresponded with Hanna Weber since their teens but has never previously visited her. His stay in Alphafen seems idyllic, but after he leaves the town the nightmares begin—an airport turns into a labyrinth, his own words become treacherous if not lethal, a family meal grows unnaturally active, and what are those creatures in the photographs he took? Perhaps he’s roused the source of an ancient Alpine legend. Even once he understands what he brought back, worse is to come…

Flame Tree have published Ramsey’s most recent novels, THE LONELY LANDS, FELLSTONES, THE WISE FRIEND and SOMEBODY’S VOICE, as well as a number of his backlist titles.

Ramsey Campbell is the only living horror writer to appear in the Oxford Companion to English Literature. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University in 2015.

Film-maker, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro has tweeted about Ramsey Campbell: “An absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that.”

• October 11th, 2023 • Posted in News


Dobrovsky publishers have acquired Czech rights to the first two volumes of The Bound and The Broken fantasy series, which has sold over 150,000 copies so far, by bestselling self-published author Ryan Cahill: OF BLOOD AND FIRE and OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT. The books will be published on their fantasy/SF imprint Fobos. Among their authors already published there are Dan Simmons, Mary Robinette Kowal, John Langan, Graham Masterton, Darcy Coates, J. S. Dewes, Gene Wolfe, Dean Koontz, Robert R. McCammon, Robert Bloch and many others. The agent was Laura Karayotov of the SAS Lester Literary Agency & Associates representing the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


Born in fire. Tempered in blood.

Epheria is a land divided by war and mistrust. The High Lords of the South squabble and fight, only kept in check by the Dragonguard, traitors of a time long past, who serve the empire of the North.

In the remote villages of southern Epheria, still reeling from the tragic loss of his brother, Calen Bryer prepares for The Proving – a test of courage and skill that not all survive.

But when three strangers arrive in the village of Milltown, with a secret they are willing to die for, Calen’s world is ripped from under him and he is thrust headfirst into a war that has been raging for centuries.

There is no prophecy. His coming was not foretold.

He bleeds like any man, and bleed he will.



“Might be the 21st Century’s own Tolkien or Robert Jordan” – Mike Shackle, author of the LAST WAR series


“A triumph of a debut” – FANFI ADDICT


“Impressive, enthralling and breathtaking” – LIBRARYOFAVIKING


“A truly stunning debut” – Zack Argyle, author of the THREADLIGHT series


• October 5th, 2023 • Posted in News